The delivered Vessel was designed by Seatech Solutions International (S) Pte Ltd of Singapore in collaborative consultation with the Owner and the Builder Colombo Dockyard. The role of the Vessel is to support offshore oil and gas fields on a twenty-four (24) hour per day basis and has an endurance of about 35 days and a cruising range of about 9200 nautical miles. The Vessel is capable of achieving a high speed of 13.8 knots enabling the Vessel to get to the desired location around the world as quickly as possible, minimizing downtime. The Vessel is built for operation in un-restricted waters and is capable of undertaking multi-purpose roles such as transportation of pipes, fresh water, diesel, methanol, bulk cement, stores, equipment, moving men, materials between platforms and shore, and also engage in external fire fighting, if the need arise.
Good maneuverability and station keeping is achieved by using twin controllable pitch propellers, twin rudders and transverse bow and stern thrusters. Twin maneuvering consoles are fitted in the wheelhouse stations, forward and aft with "joy-stick" controls. The Vessel being equipped with advanced dynamic positioning (DP AA) system assures safe and more efficient operations while working in close proximity to oil platforms/ rigs, even under the most harshest weather conditions. Being equipped with a fully automated bridge layout with alarm monitoring systems for single man bridge operation, the vessel is classed with “NAV1” notation.
The Vessel is also classed with “In Water Survey” denoting the vessel could be operated without being dry-docked for 5 years. Due to this, surveying the underwater parts of the Vessel could be carried out while the Vessel is still afloat instead of having to dry dock the Vessel for examination of the under water areas, as is conventionally done. This is a huge saving for the Owner. In addition, the Vessel is also equipped with Tail Shaft monitoring system (SCM) which is a huge advantage for the Owner in his quest for monitoring of temperature and condition in the tail shafts.
By - Darshana Chandrasekera - Head of Marketing, Ship Repairs : Colombo Dockyard PLC